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How can we use crowdsourcing/crowdfunding to reinvent our political process and rescue our democracy?

Most people agree the United States is a plutocracy, not a democracy. Our politicians are beholden to the moneyed interests that helped them get elected, not the American people. We are all aware of the problem but have felt powerless to change it. But we are living in a unique time in human history - a very empowering time.

What if a social contract existed that all elected officials had to sign in order to get elected and were held accountable to adhering to while in office (or we voted them out)? Couldn't we empower millions of currently disenfrachised Americans to actually vote if they had a vested interest in defining the solution....if they helped write this social contract? What would you include in this social contract? What would you like to see changed about our political system? Term limits? Campaign finance regulations? We all know that politicians will never limit their own power and that they are all stuck in a broken system. The question is how to we marshall the power of the crowd to solve this problem. How do we use technology and the power of the crowd to rewrite the rules for our political system and save our troubled democracy?

For a more detailed description please read the following - http://contractforcongress.wordpress.com. All ideas welcome.


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  • Jun 26 2013: I completely agree Paul.....both parties are part of the problem and the solutions have to be simple. I think that's why Larry Lessig has focused on the biggest issue - money in politics. I like your 3 point focus. In my opinion we are heading into a 'post party' world, where the majority of Americans no longer relate to either party. That's why I'm envisioning a document outlining specific beliefs that independent candidates could get behind - a Declaration of Independence from politics as usual. I like your points and believe that more could be added, as the system is so broken and in need of specific solutions - solutions that the majority of our population would get behind.

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